|Document ID (ISN)||102063|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0300-8134 - Journal of Human Ergology
|Convention or series no.
||Legal issues in accidents caused by sleepiness
||Dec. 2001, Vol.30, No.1-2, p.107-111. 19 ref.
||This paper describes legal cases involving accidents attributed to sleepiness or fatigue, mainly as a consequence of shift-work or prolonged work hours, in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia, how the legal systems are dealing with such incidents and how this may change in the future. Accidents related to sleepiness may result in criminal prosecution, for example in charges of culpable driving. For acts involving motor vehicle accidents, the legal question of voluntariness may be raised. Employers may be deemed liable for injuries of third parties caused by wrongful acts of employees committed in the course of their employment. In the future, it is likely that employers will need to take greater precautions to reduce sleepiness and fatigue in the workplace, especially where the risk to public and environmental safety, health and productivity are significant.
||occupational accidents; responsibilities of employers; legal aspects; causes of accidents; sleep deprivation; drivers; fatigue
||Australia; USA; criminal liability; case law; right of refusal; United Kingdom
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Australia; United Kingdom|
|Broad subject area(s)
Criminal liability in OSH